Getting a "First Class" Experience

James Brokenshire MP experienced what’s involved in delivering the post when he joined local postman Gary Talbot on his delivery round Sidcup this morning (22 June). Residents were surprised to see their MP rather than their normal postman delivering their mail. James was the first of a number of local MPs being invited to accompany postmen and women in Kent to see the lengths Royal Mail goes to, in order to deliver the post. 

The purpose of the visits over the summer is to give each MP a unique insight into the challenges of delivering mail to every house and business in their constituency, six days a week.

Darren Ager, Delivery Office Manager in Sidcup, said: “We’re delighted that James Brokenshire is taking the time to experience the everyday challenges faced by our delivery postmen and women.

The visit gave us the opportunity to show Mr Brokenshire how we are modernising the organisation. In the South East we have invested over £9 million in new automation and new delivery equipment for our postmen and women. We are delivering more parcels and fewer letters than ever before and the tools for the job need to reflect that.”

James Brokenshire MP said: “Postmen and women perform an incredibly important function in our communities, not just delivering communication, but being one of the institutions in society that binds us together for the common good.”

“I wanted to get a real understanding of the work that goes into delivering the mail on a daily basis. There can be no better way of getting that insight than actually going out and doing the job alongside a delivery postman. I joined local postman Gary Talbot who’s been delivering the mail to customers for 25 years. I was just glad I could keep up!”

Royal Mail is currently reviewing and modernising its operation, which means every part of the process from collecting, transporting, sorting and delivering the mail is being improved to increase efficiency.